Lift Up Your Eyes
THE DISCIPLES now come to Jesus with the food saying, "Master, eat" (v. 3 l). Can't you just hear them saying, "Lord, here are the beef burgers, let's eat"? The Lord answers, "Fellows, I'm not hungry. I've been eating filet mignon steaks"--"l have meat to eat that ye know not of" (v. 32). Winning a soul can satisfy more than food.
They didn't get the point, for they thought someone had given him food (v. 33). Then comes the great statement, "My meat is to do the will of him that sent me and to finish his work" (v. 34): The thing I live for, that which satisfies Me, My food, is to do the will of God, to tell people how to have life.
What do you live for today? What satisfies you? What do you thrive on? Winning others to Christ satisfies and strengthens the Christian. This is the will of God, for Christ came "to seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19: 10). What is your purpose and drive in life?
As Jesus looked toward the city of Sychar and saw the many coming to Him at the invitation of the woman, He said, "Say not ye, There are yet four months and then cometh harvest? behold, 1 say unto you lift up your eyes and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest'' (v. 35). "Many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman" (v. 39), "and many more believed because of his own word" (v. 41). Just look around and see how God is wonderfully working to bring people to Himself. Although liberals preach it and some fundamentalists practice it, God isn't dead! Each year at the Institute our students see hundreds
more won to Christ than the year before. Last year it was some two thousand more! Many students tell of winning their first soul to Christ after they come to Moody and then
ask, "Why haven't I done this before? .... Lift up your
"I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labor" (v. 38). Every Christian should expect to reap, he is sent to reap. It is not true that some just sow and are not to reap. He ordained you to "bring forth fruit" (John ! 5: 16). Sychar would have been considered a poor prospect for such a harvest. Lift up your eyes to see as Christ sees!